Christmas with the Bach Family is a fantastic concert at the Palace of Arts in Budapest (known as mupa for short). Istvan Ruppert will be playing on the organ, and the Purcell choir will sing with him.
Event: Bach Organ Concert + Purcell Choir
Date: 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm, 20 December 2014
Venue: Palace of Arts, Budapest, Bartók Béla National Concert Hall
Prices: from HUF 3300, to HUF 9900
Program of the Christmas with the Bach Family Concert
please check the actual programme on the official website of Mupa
- J. S. Bach: Prelude in G minor, BWV 535
- J. S. Bach: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659, 660, 661
- J. S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
- Johann Christoph Bach: Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf – motet
- J. S. Bach: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605
- J. S. Bach: Puer natus in Bethlehem, BWV 603
- J. S. Bach: Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 606 and 738
- Johann Christoph Bach: Merk auf, mein Herz und sieh dorthin – motet (Hungarian première)
- — (intermission)
- J. S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 547
- C. Ph. E. Bach: Sonata in F major, Wq 70/3
- Johann Ludwig Bach: Uns ist ein Kind geboren – motet
- J. S. Bach: Fürchte dich nicht – motet, BWV 228
- J. S. Bach: Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, joy of man’s desiring) – closing chorale from cantata BWV 147
Christmas has customs all of its own; the kinds of traditions to which we perhaps most readily adhere. At the same time, no matter how ingrained these traditions have become, Christmas is very different in every country, region and family setting. Each year, the Palace of Arts puts on an organ concert in the days preceding the Yuletide festivities. For the first time in 2012, it will officially associate this annual celebration with Christmas also in name. The organ soloist at this year’s Christmas Concert is István Ruppert, the distinguished professor of the Liszt Academy. In the company of the Purcell Choir, he will welcome Johann Sebastian Bach and some of his outstanding musical relatives as “guests” for the evening.
Familiar Bach works will form the backbone of the programme, among them several pieces with a genuine liturgical Christmas purpose. At the same time, the commitment of Purcell Choir director György Vashegyi to reviving lesser-known works of early music will ensure that the audience also gets to know some rarely heard compositions. Of the two motets by Johann Christoph Bach (1642–1703), who was related to Johann Sebastian Bach through the latter’s great uncle, one has never been performed in Hungary before. Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (1714–1788), the extraordinarily talented product of Johann Sebastian’s first marriage, is familiar to pianists, but his organ works are rarely played. The latter’s Sonata in F major will be followed by a motet by Johann Ludwig Bach (1677–1731), a relative of the extended Bach family from the more distant “Meiningen” branch. J. L. Bach’s works were acknowledged by Johann Sebastian himself, and the inclusion of this motet is sure to provide added colour to an already rich programme of Bach family works spanning around one hundred years.
Presented by: Művészetek Palotája
For this concert you can buy your tickets in the Palace of Arts’ Ticket Offices.